Yosemite in February 1: Morning

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I arrived in Yosemite early in the morning on Saturday, February 20, 2016. I ran across only one person on the road from Mariposa to Yosemite Valley. But once in the valley cars started appearing as if from out of nowhere. Not many cars, but some; and more at the parking lot for “Swinging Bridge.” Just as I was getting out of my car into the chilly morning air, a van drove up from the “Aperture Academy” stuffed to the gills with shutterbugs. I quickly rushed to the bridge to get a spot.

The Swinging Bridge in near the middle of the valley just past “Sentinel Beach”:

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Easily ascertained from this map is the position of Swinging Bridge in relation to Yosemite Falls. It’s fairly close — right across the valley. From the bridge, one has an exceptional view of Yosemite Falls reflected in the river. Thus it attracts quite a few photographers in the morning, as its a prime dawn and sunrise spot for photography in the valley.

It’s actually a misnomer to call it the “swinging” bridge. It’s not a swinging bridge any more. It could by all rights be called The Vibrating Bridge, because it shakes when people, especially large people, walk on it — always an issue when you’re trying to get those early morning shots in low light shooting off a tripod. Nevertheless, I was able to get a few shots in between all the vibrations amidst the dozens of photographers eager to capture the exact same scene:

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There was a little bit of snow on the ground in the valley, left over from January storms, in patches here and there, sparse and very thin in some places, more ample and luxurious in others:

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